Tara A. Melvin
Tara A. Melvin is an accomplished soprano with extensive experience in operatic and art song repertoire. An avid recitalist, Tara has performed in North and Central America and Europe. She is a passionate educator and researcher who has taught privately for over ten years and has held masterclasses in southern universities. These masterclasses included week-long artist-in-residence stints highlighting the interpretation of songs and operatic works of composers of African descent.
Tara Angelique holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans. She also has an M.M. from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she was a graduate assistant who taught private lessons and classes and served as the assistant director of the opera The Marriage of Figaro. She then attended Texas Tech University, earning her D.M.A. in vocal performance while serving as a graduate teaching assistant. There, Tara discovered her love of African American composers, both historic and contemporary, and lectured about the subject. She is an active mentor to young singers and believes access to art should not be denied due to money or lack of education.